Parks and Recreation: Beauty Pageant
by Kona Gallagher, posted Oct 2nd 2009 1:50AM
(S02E03) This is how I know Parks and Recreation is growing as a show: Leslie Knope has not only stopped being a one-dimensional season one Michael Scott impression, but she has grown into a character with whom I can identify. If I ever found myself judging a beauty contest with a chick in a hooker dress talking about how if it were up to her and her family, it would be called "Ourmerica," and not "Theirmerica," I would have a difficult time holding my brains inside of my head.
I don't think I would have an elaborate, laminated scorecard with a section for the "Naomi Wolf effect," but I could definitely see myself in a room arguing with my fellow judges about the brains of the other contestants. And Like Leslie Knope, I probably would have lost. Such is life.
I really enjoy April, mainly because I like Aubrey Plaza so much as an actress, so I liked seeing her as more a part of the "A" storyline this week. My only complaint, in fact, is that we didn't see more of her. I would have enjoyed her sucking up to Leslie more, or seeing more of her impressions. I am, however, glad that she quit. It just wouldn't have been right to have her up there being judged with the rest of the contestants.
Louis C.K. (I mentioned him by name this week!) is back as Dave, the bumbling cop after Leslie's affections. He honestly didn't make much of an impression on me last week, but I love what they did with him this week. It didn't really bother me that he didn't recognize Madeline Albright, but I love that it bothered Leslie so much, mainly because they're not painting her as a desperate sad-sack who'll date any guy who looks at her twice.
What concerned me is that Dave, in addition to just seeming nervous, started to come off as ... dumb. Yes, Leslie should be with someone awkward and endearing, but he needs to be smart at the same time. He did, however, win me back at the end, when he took the time to research all of the other photos of famous women in Leslie's office.
I'm still not into the whole "Andy living in the pit" storyline. I feel like we've kind of already been down this road with Roy on The Office, when he got his DUI. I did like seeing Mark's reaction, though. I got the impression that he wasn't really thrilled with the way Ann is handling the situation. I don't know; it seems as though he and Ann have a nice rapport, but I'm not really seeing the spark.
Also, how much do you want to see Tom's wife again? Especially if one of those hussies actually tries to come over to their house and use their grill? Now that is an episode I would like to see.
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